Send a Child in India to School for a Year

 
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The school, from outside
The school, from outside

Dear Friends,

We thank you for your support to our project!

We want to share with you thoughts pen down by Elisabetta from Italy who has recently volunteered with us. Every year, Seva Mandir hosts around 150 volunteers from all over the world. Below, you find a glimpse of her experience at Seva Mandir.

Having completed my BA in Social Anthropology at the University of Bologna, where I had been focusing on the Indian subcontinent, I really wanted to fulfill my dream to come to India. I wanted to see with my eyes the magic hidden in this ancient country, touching with my hands both the beauty and the problems. I also desired to be useful for people around me, trying my hands at doing something practical, and especially, due to my interest in pursuing a master in international development, I wanted to learn how NGOs work and carry our their projects in rural areas. Seva Mandir, that means “the temple of service”, met all my deepest expectations. I wish to share with you one of the most special experience that I've done, that brought me close to those who most suffer the absence of basic needs in the society: the children.

During my staying at Seva Mandir as a volunteer I had the chance to visit a bridge school located in a rural area around 20 km from Udaipur(Rajasthan). Seva Mandir has been running these schools for many years, showing promising results in promoting primary education amongst out-of-school children of tribal and rural communities. These schools serve as bridge schools to provide the children with a basic grounding in main subjects, such as Hindi, math and elementary English and help them to transit into government school as soon as they reach an adequate level of knowledge.

In these areas, the dusty and hilly terrain dominates the surroundings, making it hard for the population to carry on, and especially for children to go to school. The poverty, lack of transportation, lack of near schools and the family needs that force children to help with chores and agricultural work, are all serious factors preventing children from attending school. Despite the environment challenges and social constraints, the beauty of the surrounding landscape strucks me and makes my trip to these hard-to-reach areas worth every moment of it.

At the first helmet, I visited, the jeep stopped in front of the school. While I was approaching the building, I could hear the children' s voices filling the dusty air, and as I stepped in, I was warmly welcomed by an enthusiastic but still composed “Namaste” of a bunch of around 20 children. At the beginning, I was feeling bad for having interrupted their daily activities and lessons.A smiling young boy standing proudly in front of me recited a poem about “patang”, the kite, one of the most popular games played by children in Rajasthan.

During my visit, the teacher pointed at a small boy and told me about his life. He's Anand, and together with his small brother walks to school every day from his house, quite far from the school. I was told that he is from a very poor family but his father is very keen on getting them a good education. After having taken part in some activities with the children, we set off, leaving that small place full of hope, desires and smiles.

This visit made me realize how Seva Mandir's action is essential for those children, since it might be the only opportunity for them to study. Despite the difficult social and financial background, those children really try their best to learn and not to waste any single moment. These areas are really far to reach and without these schools is literally impossible for those children to get access to education; instead, they might be forced into domestic chores or, even worse, end up in child labour. Honestly, this experience was even more rewarding than I could have ever hoped. I really wish that everyone could have the chance to see with his own eyes the deep-rooted change that Seva Mandir is making in these remote areas, how many efforts had been put into the project, and therefore sustain these amazing schools.

I really thank Seva Mandir for having given me the opportunity to discover this extraordinary country, that I've been wanting to visit for a long time, through the eyes of those who spend their lives to help other people.

Elisabetta

 

 

I am sure you enjoyed reading Elisabetta’s experience. If your travel brings you to this side of the world, do consider visiting us. Please do reach us at atul.lekhra@sevamandir.org


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With best regards,
Atul Lekhra

A bunch of 20 children welcomed my with"Namaste!"
A bunch of 20 children welcomed my with"Namaste!"
A smiling young boy recited a poem on kites
A smiling young boy recited a poem on kites
Posters and books.At the centre, the poem on kites
Posters and books.At the centre, the poem on kites
Children while attending their lesson
Children while attending their lesson
Anand
Anand
Anand and his brother
Anand and his brother
Anand and his brother enjoy especially reading
Anand and his brother enjoy especially reading
We set off, leaving that small place full of hope
We set off, leaving that small place full of hope
Thank you again for this experience! Elisabetta
Thank you again for this experience! Elisabetta
Hikree with her brother Bansi
Hikree with her brother Bansi

Dear Friend,

Greetings from cold yet sunny Udaipur!

Thank you for continue to support Seva Mandir. Your support has been a huge motivation to keep us going. Today, I would like you to meet this small girl “Hikree” who is 10 years of age and has been studying for 2 years at the school run by Seva Mandir. Hikree’s brother Bansi is eleven and also attends the school with her.

Unfortunately, the brother –sister duo has no support from their parents like us. Their mother has left the family and their father is mentally ill, so both of the children live with their grandfather- Hutaji. The family’s ends are met from whatever little their old grandfather is able to grow in his small farm. They grow wheat and maize and are very dependent on rain for their crop. If they do not have enough rain, Hutaji uses all his available resources to ensure that his grandchildren have enough food.

Hutaji strongly believes that education is very important for his grand children, he is the most regular attendee of the parent-teacher meetings that take place every 3 months in the school.

Hikree and her brother walk 3 kilometres to school every day. Hikree has progressed very quickly. Her favourite subject is maths and she also likes to read stories. She enjoys singing and her favourite sport is football. She aspires to become a teacher in future. Her teacher Kesu who also graduated from this school, 11 years ago and says “Hikree is a very intelligent girl and will do very well in the future if she continues her education.”

We wish that Hirkee continues her education and set an example in her community. We at Seva Mandir are able to share such deep experiences because of heart-warming support to our initiative of bringing the joy of education to deprived children in the remotest hamlets of southern Rajasthan. However, there are many children who still are untouched by the joy of education and therefore we need your support to make their dreams come true. 

Every year, around 6000 out of school children receives education through the schools run by Seva Mandir. 

Since the year end challenge is ongoing on Global Giving, we request you to help us qualify the challenge by extending your support. It just takes $40 to provide education for a year to a child who has never been to school in his life.

We look forward to hearing from you, should you have any queries about us, please feel free to write to me at - atul.lekhra@sevamandir.org

Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

With Warm Regards

Atul Lekhra and Seva Mandir Team

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Hikree
Hikree's School

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Dear Friends,

On this Diwali, I would like you to meet Seema who is  9 years of age and would have never been able to go to school had it not been for Seva Mandir’s support. Belonging to a poor family, she has no choice but to spend her days grazing cattle in the field rather than being in school . Her father  had always been against the idea of girls’ education. However, Seva Mandir took it upon itself to convince her father. Seema is now in government school after having completed 5th standard from one of Seva Mandir’s Shiksha Kendra.

 “My father understood the importance of my education and now he also supports me in attending school and studying. I am ready to go through the struggle to become a teacher because I want to encourage other girls like me to study as well”. Seema says

  3000 more like Seema are being helped to pursue their dreams and receive a high quality education. Thank you for helping shape the future of these girls. 

On Behalf of SM , I would like to thank you for being a part of Seema’s transformation and for your  trust in Seva Mandir.

Do write to me for any queries, questions or just to know more about Seva Mandir at atul.lekhra@sevamandir.org

Warm Regards

Atul Lekhra

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Children at our Non Formal Education Centre
Children at our Non Formal Education Centre

Dear Friends,

I remember working on the fields with my father; the school was so far that I could hardly ever attend it. But now I go to the school every day. I enjoy reading my books especially the stories.” This is Madhav’s experience who is a student of our Non Formal Education Center.

Like Madhav you have touched upon the lives of hundreds of children who have been deprived of education. You bring the light of education to the lives of children in hamlets of southern Rajasthan. And your support is much needed in their lives. From your donations we have been able to provide books, stationary and other infrastructure to support education. But a lot more is needed.

Wondering how you can help us?

Global Giving is having its little by little match making challenge from the dawn of 26th October 2015.  Every contribution made by you exceeding £50 will be partly matched by Global Giving Family and together the amount will go to ease the access of education to children.

We look forward to your benevolent gesture in making a dream come true.  For any query, feel free to write to me at atul.lekhra@sevamandir.org

Regards,

Atul Lekhra

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While Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”, it remains a disturbing fact that still one out of three children in southern Rajasthan is deprived of education.

In this context, Seva Mandir is running 170 centers across 600 neglected villages in Southern Rajasthan providing access to education to around 6000 children every year. I want to study Science and know more about Biology. I want to be a doctor. I will do everything to become one.” Aspires a boy from one of our Non Formal Education Centers. Such aspirations can only be fulfilled with your support. 

Wondering how can you help us? 
GlobalGiving has come up with this innovative idea of matching donations. From Monday, September 21st through Friday, September 25th, GlobalGiving will be offering a one-time 100% match on all new recurring donations up to $200 per donor!

 So grab the opportunity, be our recurring donor and help us educate children in these remote hamlets to make the world a better place. For queries, questions and insights on our work you can reach out to me at atul.lekhra@sevamandir.org

We thank you from the bottom of our heart for joining hands with us. Also we look forward for your continued support in brightening up the future of hundreds of kids.

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Seva Mandir

Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
http://www.sevamandir.org

Project Leader

Priyanka Singh

Executive Director
Udaipur, Rajasthan (INDIA) India

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